What is Delta-8?

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With the popularity of isolated cannabinoids on the rise, one in particular stands out with many raving about its potential uses & benefits…Delta-8 THC. Like many topics in the cannabis space, there tends to be misinformation and confusion regarding the subject matter. Therefore, this post will detail background on Delta-8 and cover its reported uses and applications.

Delta 8-THC one of the hundred plus cannabinoids that naturally occur in the cannabis plant. It is formed when Delta-9 THC becomes oxidized. Delta-9 THC is commonly referred to as THC, the cannabinoid that is known to get you “high”. Like other cannabinoids, Delta-8 is believed to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which plays an important role in promoting homeostasis.

According to the National Cancer Institute, Delta-8 THC is “An analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties. [Delta-8-THC] binds to the cannabinoid G-protein coupled receptor CB1, located in the central nervous system…This agent exhibits a lower psychotropic potency than [delta-9-THC], the primary form of THC found in cannabis.”

Consequently, those looking to avoid the overwhelming and mind-racing feelings associated with Delta-9 THC are turning to Delta-8 as an alternative. Although Delta-8 carries psychoactive properties, it is reportedly far less psychoactive than Delta-9 THC. In addition, Delta-8 is receiving high praises for the medicinal benefits. Let’s dive into those below.

REDUCE NAUSEA
In 1995, Israeli scientists administered Delta-8 to youth cancer patients who were dealing with nausea related to chemotherapy treatment. They discovered it significantly alleviated the nausea and vomiting, with a 100% success rate over 480 treatments. In addition, they observed minimal side effects.

INCREASE APPETITE
A 2004 study found that Delta-8 can also be used to increase food consumption in test subjects suffering from appetite suppression. Test subjects who were given Delta-8 saw a 16% increase in food intake compared to the control group. Moreover, cognitive function had a tendency to improve!

DECREASE ANXIETY
For many people, consuming the more-known Delta-9 THC increases anxiety, causing panic and overwhelming feelings. With Delta-8 being far less psychoactive, users are reporting a clearer head, sharper mind, and lessened anxiety. It appears Delta-8 is ideal for individuals who want feel relaxed without the heavy “stoned” feeling & mind-racing side effects associated with Delta-9.

FINAL THOUGHTS
As research continues on this particular cannabinoid, the benefits appear very promising. The medical community has shown an increase in research focus with Delta-8. The National Cancer Research Institute making a public statement regarding this cannabinoid indicates awareness on the its potential usage in cancer treatments moving forward. We are optimistic that further studies will continue to unveil therapeutic qualities, furthering the mission of natural health & wellness.